HAIL OF BULLETS - …Of Frost And War

Hail Of Bullets - …Of Frost And War

11 songs
52:57 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


Hail Of Bullets from the Netherlands are a super-group of death metal, as all five members garnered more or less success in different bands. Vocalist Martin van Drunen (Pestilence, Asphyx) and drummer Ed Warby (Gorefest, Ayreon) are the best known of the bunch. The two guitarists Paul Baayens and Stephan Gebédi played with Dutch death metal pioneers Thanatos, and bass player Theo van Eekelen comes from Houwitser. The name dropping continues with producer Dan Swanö who played in bands too many to mention.

The past of the involved participants gives insiders a suspicion of what to expect, because Hail Of Bullets are anything but innovative. They transfer on their debut album perfectly old school death metal into the twenty-first century. At times they are really fast, although mostly they are at ease in mid-tempo regions full of devastating brutality. The final Inferno At The Carpathian Mountains is a doom hammer that combines slow pace with crushing intensity. Evil death growls, guitars that are straight in your face, mercilessly pounding rhythm section transform …Of Frost And War into one of the best death metal debuts in a long time.

The album’s lyrical concept is quite interesting for historians. To underline the martial nature of their genre, Hail Of Bullets decided to treat the event of the German campaign against the Soviet Union during the Second World War, from the first preparations of the Wehrmacht to Germany’s capitulation on 8th May 1945 in Berlin.

Concept and music show that Hail Of Bullet put a lot of energy in …Of Frost And War, an album that deserves to be listened to very closely. Fans of Dismember, Unleashed, Vader, etc. should definitely try this one.

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